Local News

In Depth: Residents Protest Electric Rates, Council Proposes Resolution Amending Rates

Over 50 residents attended Monday’s council agenda meeting to protest a spike in electric bills from May to June, forcing the meeting to be moved from council chambers to the auditorium. Council had forewarning of citizen unrest and had already prepared a preliminary resolution adjusting electric rates. Ellwood City Power and Light The Ellwood City Borough has a municipal-operated electric company, Ellwood City’s Power and Light. The borough purchases power from the American Municipal Power Supply [AMP] at a current rate of $.08529 per kilowatt and resells it to Ellwood citizens for a profit. Funds are subsequently transferred from the…


Aaron Bernstine Statement on Passing of PA Budget

Today, Pennsylvania’s $31 billion state “budget” has become law. At a time when many Pennsylvania families have to do more with less, the Harrisburg politicians increased overall state spending to record levels by approving a 4.8% increase. No household would try to increase its spending by 4.8% without knowing where the additional money was coming from. Yet, Pennsylvania’s legislators have done just that — with taxpayer money, not their own. This budget proves once again how out of touch Harrisburg and career politicians are. They cannot balance this budget without raising taxes on the rest of us. Harrisburg politicians have increased…


Ellwood City Area Public Library Library Activities for Week of 7-11-2016

Activities taking place at the Ellwood City Area Public Library include the following: Monday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. — “Coloring for Adults,” a weekly program that is free and open to the public. “Coloring for Adults” is a new concept in helping to reduce the stresses of everyday life. During the months of June and July, these sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Mondays instead of Wednesdays because of the library’s Summer Reading Program activities. Call the library at 724-758-6458 for more information. Tuesday, July 12, at 10:00 a.m. — “Jump Start to Kindergarten,” a five-week program…


Lincoln Class of 1954 July Meeting

Pudue La Cava hosted the final planning session of the Lincoln High Class of 1954 “Life is a Beach” committee at her Mt. Vernon Drive home on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. Co-chairman Paul Abraham presided with the full committee in attendance. The session began with a luncheon provided by LaCava, Ilene Gardner, Ann Amadio, Patty Tino, Arlene “Pinky” Maielli, and Clemmy Sirimarco and was served by LaCava and Gardner. The business session followed with a fundraising report by James Gillespie and financial report by Sirimarco. LaCava presented the reservation report with responses from classmates, noting they exceed the…


Police: EC Nurse Steals Medications for Personal Use

Nurse Steals Medications for Personal Use A nurse at the Ellwood City Hospital was accused of stealing narcotic medications. According to the criminal complaint, an internal investigation by the hospital staff indicated someone was tampering with morphine, meperidine and hydrocodone medications. Hospital officials conducted state investigators with evidence indicating Tenelle O Goss, 40, of Ellwood City, was the most likely suspect. When interviewed by state investigators in February, Goss admitted to an addiction problem and that she had been signing out medication under patients’ names for her own use. Goss subsequently replaced the medication with saline solution. She was charged…


Veterans’ Specialists to Visit Gibbons’ Office Next Week

ELLWOOD CITY, July 7 – To assist veterans and their families, state Rep. Jaret Gibbons, D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence, today announced he will host state Department of Labor and Industry veterans’ specialists in his Ellwood City office. Gibbons said Stephanie Bingo and Ryan Paglia will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at his Ellwood City office, located at 438 Line Ave., to lend help to veterans and their families. Bengoa of the American Legion Veterans Assistance Program will be in Gibbons’ office to assist veterans with understanding what benefits they have earned, filing appeals to existing claims, enrolling…


Ellwood Commends Softball Team

On Saturday during the festival, Ellwood City recognized the achievements of the Lincoln High School Varsity Softball team. Mayor Anthony J. Court presented the team and head coach Gary Rozanski with a commendation. The girls team claimed the section and WPIAL titles, advanced to the second round of playoffs, and remained undefeated until their last game. “The performance and accomplishment from the entire team and coaching staff have been superlative and are to be commended,” Court said. Photo submitted.


Borough Extends Request for Electric Power Consumption Reduction

As temperatures are expected to reach well into the upper 80s in the next few days, Ellwood City Borough electric customers are being asked to conserve power. Borough Officials said nothing is wrong with the electric grid; they’re just trying to take every avenue to reduce costs for customers. Ellwood City Borough customers are requested to voluntarily lower electricity usage during the peak period from 3 to 6 p.m.  today and tomorrow. “There’s plenty of power available and the grid is in good shape, but if we can conserve during these peak hours, the Borough can save on transmission and…


Senator Vogel to Host Veterans’ Specialist at District Offices

Senator Vogel announced today that he will host a veterans’ specialist in both his Rochester and New Castle District Offices to assist constituents with various issues related to their military service. Stephanie Bengoa of the American Legion Veterans Assistance Program will be available, beginning in July, on the third Wednesday of each month at Senator Vogel’s New Castle Office (1905 W. State St. New Castle, PA 16101) and, beginning in August, on the fourth Wednesday of each month at his Rochester District Office (488 Adams St. Rochester, PA 15074). She will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and…


The 80th Reino Family Reunion the Granddady of them All

On July 2-4, 200 descendants of Guiseppe and Archangela Torre Reina, to the fifth generation, celebrated the 80th Reino Family Reunion at the Emily Cortez Shelter on Bridge Street. Established in 1936, the Reino Family Reunion has continued non-stop through war, sickness and death of family members. The descendants recognized four family members from the 1936 first reunion, Mary Louise Valvano Tomeo, Lewis “Wally” Valvano, Louis “Butch” Sudano and Rosanna Sudano Sciote. Guiseppe and Archangela Torre Reina immigrated from Corletto Salerno, Italy, became American citizens, and resided at 216 Line Ave. in Ellwood City. Their children and their spouses are:…